Grey Nearcha Moth
Male, (S1) dorsal
Ellura
Grey Nearcha Moth
Male, (S2) Showing some Body
 
    
Grey Nearcha Moth (Nearcha dasyzona)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Insect (Insecta)
Order: Moth Butterfly (Lepidoptera)
Family: Geometer (:Geometroidea Geometridae)
Species: Grey Nearcha Moth (Nearcha dasyzona)
This Photo:     Male, (S1) Wings Closed

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
A very pretty moth with a wavy line of black dots, shadowed with a brown band. They have a stunning black face, that isn't always visible.
The males have a couple of elongated patches of long, backward facing scales under the hingwings.
There can be variations in the intensity of the black dots such that they can join into a line. As well as how black the brown shadow is (from darker to ours, to almost non-existant). The same is true for the wavy line on the hindwings.
Wingspan ~36mm & body ~13mm.
According to Peter Merriot, in Moths of Victoria, digital supplement "Comparision of Nearcha", the pattern of this tuft is diagnostic. His images are of the left hindwing, with the head pointing up; otherwise the images match

Copyright © 2017 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 25-May-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species